The word wait is use nine times in the reading for today. My reading was from Psalms 24 – 37. Waiting is not a pleasant thing to do; especially in today’s fast moving world.
We wait in traffic. We wait for that job interview and job that is going to put us in a higher income bracket, and maybe on “easy street”. We wait at the doctor’s office. We wait in the Emergency Room. We wait for news of family and friends to come. It seems when we are anxiously waiting that it takes forever coming; whatever it is we are waiting for.
We are admonished by Scripture and these Psalms,
“Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.” Psalm 27:14 (KJV)
Expectantly is the idea of “Wait on the LORD”. Trusting Him in the time when things do not seem to be happening. What are we to do while we are “Waiting on the LORD”? We do what we know to do, keep on going, keep on trusting, but by His directives and plan; not our own.
“Yea, let none that wait on Thee be ashamed: let them be ashamed which transgress without cause. Shew me Thy ways, O LORD; teach me Thy paths. Lead me in Thy truth, and teach me: for Thou art the God of my salvation; on Thee do I wait all the day.” 25:3-5
There will be no shame for those who are waiting on God; ie, trusting in Him. Too many times we jump ahead of what God wants us to do, and we end up making messes of our lifes situation. That is seen in the business world, and the spiritual lives of people.
A Christian business man may know to trust the LORD in his business situation, yet a need may arise for a certain type of qualified individual who can get the job done, and he takes the first one who comes along, and things end up in a mess.
I fear there are far too many churches, and Christians who are having worship services that are geared to fleshly activity rather than divine worship; because they want to “prime the pump” so to speak, getting ahead of what God’s word teaches, and instilling their own devices. In this we end up with a mess; outside God’s directive and plan; where He is not truly worshipped and praised. We feel good, but God does not. No shame will come to those who wait on God.
“Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.” 37:7-9
The word “wait” and “patiently” are used together in the first part of these verses and the idea is a bit different. It seems that it is almost a painful thing, sort of like an exercise of building strength, character, or patience. I do not know if you have ever prayed for patience, but I can almost assure that if you have, or when you do, something will come along which will build up patience in you; a trial of great pain and sorrow. It was the apostle Paul who said,
“And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience…” Romans 5:3
“Waiting on the LORD” means also that we are living His way, not our own. Let me end this commentary today with these words,
“Wait on the LORD, and keep His way, and He shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.” 37:34
His way is found in Scripture, the Bible, and these words tell us of the One who would come to take away our sin and its condemnation. That one is Jesus the Christ, Son of the Living God. He told us, after His death, burial and bodily resurrection that He would return. Let us who believe Him, and trust Him wait patiently for that blessed hope and glorious return.
-Tim A. Blankenship